USC football OC Graham Harrell interviewing for Boise State job

USC football offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.
USC football offensive coordinator Graham Harrell. / Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy

USC football faces another offseason with uncertainty around Graham Harrell.

Depending on your point of view, this is either good news or bad news.

USC football's offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is reportedly interviewing for the Boise State head coaching job, according to Football Scoop.

The report states that a hire is coming soon for the Broncos with Oregon DC Andy Avalos and Montana State head coach Jeff Choate looking like favorites.

However, Football Scoop added "sources say USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell was likely to interview with Boise State brass about the job. It remains to be seen whether Harrell (or anyone outside of “the family”) has a real shot at this one; but word is a decision is coming soon."

Graham Harrell could leave USC football, for better or worse.

Here's the thing about Harrell, perception of him in USC's fanbase is mixed after two seasons.

On the one hand, he has improved the Trojans' scoring average in each of the last two seasons.

On the other hand, the offense barely improved from 32.5 points per game in 2019 to 33.3 in 2020 while concerns about the run game expanded considerably.

After rushing for 1118.23 yards per game ast season, ranking 10th in the Pac-12, USC plummeted to the bottom of the conference with a mere 97.33 per game. They also had the lowest yards-per-carry average for the year.

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All of that might have been easier to overlook if head coach Clay Helton hadn't put an emphasis on the importance of averaging closer to 170 yards per game going into the campaign. It also would have helped if USC's passing game had made up for the deficiencies on the ground more effectively. Kedon Slovis had a bit of a sophomore slump as defenses appeared to figure out the Air Raid attack.

Even so, USC's scoring offense was third in the Pac-12 and the Trojans led in passing offense. It was far from a bad season offensively.

If Harrell were to land a head coaching job, the Trojans would face a difficult task finding an offensive coordinator to take them to the next level.

If Harrell sticks around, fans will find out what Year 3 in the Air Raid with a veteran quarterback looks like.

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